Remembering Mother Catherine Spalding

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 20, 2023

On March 20, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrate the life and legacy of Mother Catherine Spalding, foundress of the Congregation, a woman who devoted her life to serving others in the name of God. Mother Catherine’s story is one of courage, faith, and unwavering dedication to her mission. She was a pioneer, forging new paths and breaking down barriers to serve those in need.

As Sisters reflect on Mother Catherine’s life, they are reminded of the profound impact that one person can have on the world. Mother Catherine’s pioneering spirit inspired generations of women to follow in her footsteps, to serve with humility and compassion, and to trust in the providence of God. Her legacy lives on in the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and in the countless lives that her work has touched.

Mother Catherine’s life was a testament to the power of faith, love, and compassion. She saw the face of Christ in the poorest and most marginalized members of society, and she dedicated her life to serving them. She was a model of selflessness and generosity, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her deep trust in God’s providence gave her the courage to take risks, venture into uncharted territory, and to pioneer new ministries in service to the Church and the world.

As Sisters walk with Mother Catherine in their imaginations, we are all invited to share our own struggles, hopes, and aspirations with her. We are reminded that Mother Catherine’s spirit lives on in each of us and that we are called to continue her mission of service and love in the world. The Sisters pray for the grace to be faithful to Mother Catherine’s legacy, to carry on her pioneering spirit, and to serve those most in need with humility and compassion.

May the life and legacy of Mother Catherine Spalding continue to inspire us, challenge us, and guide us in our mission of service to the world. May we always strive to embody her values of faith, love, and compassion and to be faithful stewards of the gifts that she has left. May Mother Catherine’s spirit live on in our hearts, now and always.

God, source of all blessings, as we commemorate the loving memory of Mother Catherine, bless us with her pioneer spirit, her clear perception of the needs of humanity before her. Bless us with her willingness to take risks to meet their needs and her simplicity to leave all behind. Catherine’s love for the Church, the community and those she and the community served were commendable and her legacy rich. May we continue to strive in our efforts to bring about justice for all people and for creation. May we grow in unity in spite of diverse ancestries and deepen our spirituality. May we imbibe and exude the charism of charity as we tread lightly with each other to bring about communion among all, so that God will reign among us and all of creation. –Amen.

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1 Comment

  1. Maggie Cooper

    Dear Amelia,
    Thanks so much for the beautiful prayer service!! It really helped us celebrate!!!


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